Mark Horwood Classic Blessed with Perfect Weather


Scott Duncanson

A small fleet of seven boats and around Fifty participants took to the water for a beautiful day's sailing in and around Phuket's Chalong Bay last Sunday. Organized by Phuket Yacht Club, this inaugural power and sail rally was created in memory of late PYC Commodore, Mark Horwood and all entry fees donated the 'One Phuket' charity foundation.

Starting at midday a course was set starting from the Chalong Bay, Port channel marker. To a bouy positioned adjacent to Mark's old, Latitude 8 boat-building workshop then on to the Southern Island of Koh Bon, rounding to port and return. Fresh 12-17 knots winds saw all boats sailing quicky and completing the course in a shade under 2 hours. Glasses and ice-cold stubbies were raised in celebration of Mark's life and we all know he'd be very proud to be supporting such a worthy cause though the sport he dedicated so many years of his life too.

Live music, a complimentary Barbque sponsored by 'Really Good Deli' and a magnificent salad bar prepared by the PYC restaurant kept spirits high for participants and visitors on their return to the club. An auction of an antique, bronze speed-log followed raising an additional seven thousand baht, rounding off a really fun and successful day.

All entry fees and donations were donated to One Phuket with Phuket Yacht Club matching these contributions. Thank you to local supporters Chandran for the on the water management and Bang-Lee who has been providing long-tail services to the club for the best part of 2 decades.

Mark Horwood Classic Blessed with Perfect Weather